The Harry Potter Easter Egg You Missed in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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While the Fantastic Beasts movies are nowhere near as popular as the original Harry Potter series, fans of JK Rowling’s Wizarding World are still very much open to exploring Hogwarts’s history even deeper. Especially as they've begun to notice some clever callbacks to the original series.

One scene from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which was even featured in the trailer, shows Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) looking extremely confused as the group arrives at Hogwarts. A Redditor recently pointed out:

“In this shot, Jacob is in the background, looking around and his expression denotes confusion. At first I was like: 'Well, of course he is confused! It’s not every day that you get to see the magnificent castle of Hogwarts.' Then I rewatched the trailer and I remembered: In [Harry Potter and] the Goblet of Fire, Hermione explains why magical schools have such a secrecy about their locations. She tells Harry that Hogwarts has a magical protection surrounding it, an illusion that makes Muggles see some devastated scary ruins to keep them away.”

It’s a small detail we don’t have actual confirmation on, but it would make sense based on the information we have from the original Harry Potter series. And given that Rowling wrote the script for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, this seems like a pretty clever Easter Egg.

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The Meanings Behind 25 Common Acronyms and Initialisms

Remember POGs?
Remember POGs?
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Before POGs became collectible items printed with our favorite ’90s pop culture characters, they were just simple discs found inside bottle caps. In fact, that’s how they got their name—POG is an acronym for Passion Fruit, Orange, Guava, the name of a Maui-based beverage whose lids gave rise to the game.

On this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss host Justin Dodd is sharing the origin stories behind 25 popular acronyms and initialisms, many of which you may not have realized actually stood for anything at all. Geico, for example, isn’t a word that insurance providers made up to match their spokes-gecko; it’s an acronym for Government Employees Insurance Co., made up to match the company’s original target demographic (government employees). And since LED stands for light-emitting diode, the phrase LED light is rather redundant.

Press play below to uncover the secrets behind other popular abbreviations, from Alien Life Form (ALF) to Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle (Yahoo!).

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